A 16-year-old boy was struck by a SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) while riding his bike eastbound on Greenland Road in Jacksonville, Florida. The teen, Samuel Bellett, was on his way up to Mandarin high school for cross-country practice when the incident occurred. Samuel was going to the early morning practice scheduled so the team could avoid the heat of the day.
Samuel was immediately rushed to Shands Jacksonville where he was placed in intensive care and treated for a broken leg, head injuries, and possible internal damage.
Paul Sluder, Samuel’s grandfather, said that Samuel was trying out for the team for the first time. He also said that at the hospital, over half of the cross-country team as well as the coach, school principal, and athletic director came to the hospital to show their support. The JSO (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office) will investigate the bicycle accident as to the cause of the accident and the preventability of the accident.
For more on this story, see Bicyclist struck in front of Mandarin High identified